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Ukrainian Prime Minister Threatens To Quit

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (file photo)
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (file photo)

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has threatened to quit along with his entire cabinet if parliament pushes for a government reshuffle.

"We all came in as one team and we will continue working in the future as one team," the 41-year-old leader told a televised session of parliament on February 5. 

"And if it is decided that this team should be changed, then we will all leave together."

Yatsenyuk's comments come after President Petro Poroshenko on February 4 said it is essential to "reset" the government amid a growing political crisis heightened by this week's shock resignation of reformist Economy Minister Aivaras Abromavicius.

Yatsenyuk's comments came two days after the shock resignation of Ukraine's reformist Economy Minister Aivaras Abromavicius.

Abromavicius said his resignation was borne out of frustration over the “sharp escalation in efforts to block systemic and important reforms.”

His resignation sparked concern among Ukraine's Western allies and prompted Poroshenko to hold a meeting with ambassadors from the G7 group of leading industrialized nations in a bid to allay their concerns.

Based on reporting by AFP and Interfax

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